Houston, TX -- At 10 AM on March 28, 2001, Project Impact, sponsored by the Houston Galveston Area Council and the Society of American Military Engineers helped to improve the safety of some of the Houston Community's youngest "at-risk" residents by presenting 12 weather monitors to the Casa de Esperanza. The monitors will provide early warning of dangerous weather conditions allowing these youngsters and their caretakers' time to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety. The weather monitors were donated by: United Engineers, Inc.; Dannenbaum Engineering Corp.; HVJ Associates, Inc, and JNS Consulting Engineers; all Sustaining Member Firms of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Casa de Esperanza provides support and assistance to approximately 200 abused, neglected and sometimes orphaned children through nine residential homes and six programs including Post Adoptive Services to families with special needs children, an in-house medical clinic, and a Development Center. The Development Center offers individual psychological therapy and a therapeutic pre-school program.
Since 1998, Project Impact has been working to build "Disaster Resistant Communities". Originally underwritten by a grant from FEMA and sponsored in the Houston area by the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Project Impact strives to improve community awareness of what can be done to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. Through education programs, community outreach, and direct action, such as the donation of these weather monitors, Project Impact is making a difference by encouraging Houstonians to take a pro-active view toward disaster preparedness and take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property.
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) was formed in 1920 to maintain the link between civilian and military engineers forged during World War I. Dedicated to the National Defense, SAME has provided vital support to the Nation's Defense both in wartime and peace, supporting efforts to save lives and protect property during manmade and natural disasters.